Does assistive technology substitute for personal assistance among the disabled elderly?

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Journal Article

This study examined whether use of equipment (technological assistance) to cope with disability was associated with use of fewer hours of help from another person (personal assistance).In a cross-sectional study of 2368 community dwellers older than 65 years with 1 or more limitations in basic activities of daily living (ADLs) from the 1994 National Long Term Care Survey, the relation between technological assistance and personal assistance was examined.Among people with ADL limitations, multivariate models showed a strong and consistent relation between technological assistance and personal assistance, whereby use of equipment was associated with fewer hours of help.Among people with disability, use of assistive technology was associated with use of fewer hours of personal assistance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoenig, H; Taylor, DH; Sloan, FA

Published Date

  • February 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 330 - 337

PubMed ID

  • 12554595

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12554595

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/ajph.93.2.330

Language

  • eng